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Picpoul de Pinet 2012

Picpoul de Pinet, France

100% picpoul (piquepoul)

Tasted September 2013- The immediate friendly quality of this rarely-seen grape leaps forward in all its fruited glory. Reflecting off the green tint is a clever mix of ripe peaches with more floral lichi and pineapple, landing somewhere between the tropical and summer's best picked orchard harvest. A zesty but not too assertive acid rides straight through (a bit softer felt than expected for the grape), keeping a fresh tone and perky attitude to the round, limpid middle. The finish leaves a satisfying sense of devouring something succulent, with a natural fruit sweetness and palate cleansing snap. Easy to drink on its own, a simple pleasure, a general juicy quaffer but in every way deserving to be entered in the cellar, if it lasts that long. Picpoul is not the most-oft found varietal on the shelf, but it is growing in popularity. generally, it can have a lean, more striking presentation. As the winery likes to describe, with this effort, "Here is a wine, pale gold, crystal clear, with light green reflection. Smells of white peach, bananas and perfume of white roses. Lively, exotic fruits fill the mouth according to the nose. A great expression of the fruit of the ancient Chateau".


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The Label

Producer: Chateau de Font-Mars
Wine (proprietary name): Picpoul de Pinet
Vintage: 2012
Labeled as: varietal title
Country of origin: France
Region: Languedoc-Roussillon
Area/Appellation: Picpoul de Pinet
Classification of Appellation: a.o.c.
Classification of Wine:
Alcohol %: 12.50

The Winemaking

Winemaker: JeanBaptiste de Clock
Assistant Winemaker:
First Date of Production: established in 1864
Handling of Fruit: hand picked
Sorted: sorted at picking
Stem: all destemmed
Yield of Harvest:
Method of Crush/Pressing: mechanical press Press Type: Pnuematic
Pre-fermantation Soak/Maceration: Y     Length of Soak: several hours
Temperature Controlled: Y
Free Run Juice Only: Y
Gravity Fed to Vessels: N
Type of Vessel for Fermentation: Stainless Steal/Inox
Size of Vessel: 3000
Vessel Seal: Sealed Vessel
Fermentation Temperature Controlled: Y
Fermentation Style: Induced
Type of Yeasts: Cultured Yeasts
Carbonic Maceration: N
Length of Fermentation: 20 Day(s)
Pumped Over/Cap Agitation: N
Malolactic Fermentation: Y    Percent: 100.00%
CO2/SO2 Added on Fermentation: SO2
Type of Ageing Vessel: Stainless Steal/Inox
Origin of Barrels (if used):
Size of Barrels Used: 0
Length of Maturation: 0 Month(s)
Extended Lees Contact: Settled
Fined (Type): gentle
Filtered (Type): cold stabilized and earthen filtration
Moved to Multiple Vessels?:
Date of Bottling: 2012-04-00
Age in Bottle Before Release: 0 Month(s)
Number of Bottles (750ml) Produced: 0
Number of Magnums Produced: 0
Number of Half Bottles (375ml) Produced: 0
Closure Type: Screwtop
Bottled with SO2: Y
Alcohol %: 12.50
Residual Sugars (Gram/Liter):
Total Acidity (Gram/Liter): 0.00
Total Ph: 0.00

The Vineyard

Total Vines Planted: 55 Hectare
Density of Vines:
Wine Vineyard: Multiple Vineyards
Source Vineyard: Vineyards Estate Owned
Exposition of Vineyards: S, SW
Soil Type(s): The terroir containes three different kins of soil : pliocène marin in the south. river formation in the west along the river Negue-Vaques. bégudo Rognacien, clayey- chalky type in the North-east.
Elevation of Vineyards: 50-150 m
Vineyards Description: Hillside
Average Age of Vines: 15 year(s)
Farming Methods: Standard
Irrigation: dry farmed
Additional Vineyard Information: